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U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine celebrates 100 years

U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine celebrates 100 years (WKEF/WRGT)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine is celebrating 100 years.

It started out in World War I, to handle the needs of pilots who were dying at alarming rates, and has trained tens of thousands of students.

About 6,000 of those students train at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. They use C-17’s and C-130’s, among other aircraft, to simulate real-life situations.

“We have high fidelity mannequins that are managed through a control center,” Col. Alden Hilton said, “and these mannequins will speak, they bleed, they can throw up, they can go to the bathroom. They are very realistic.”

They help military personnel who have been injured and fly them back to the U.S. for treatment.

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